Motorola Solutions Latest To Sign Microsoft Licensing Agreement For Chrome, Android Devices

Microsoft continues its quest to fleece companies over use of its intellectual property in devices running platforms made by competitors. Motorola Solutions, the enterprise counterpart to the consumer-focused Motorola Mobility, has signed an agreement with Microsoft to use its IP in Chrome and Android devices.

“Our Motorola Solutions communications technology works best for everyone when it is backed with robust intellectual property and patents,” said Joe White, vice president of Enterprise Mobile Computing, Motorola Solutions, said in a released statement. “We are pleased to have agreed upon a solution that allows our customers to purchase Android products from Motorola Solutions with confidence.”

Motorola has similar agreements with HTC, Samsung, Nikon and many more companies. Like other deals, the financial terms of this agreement was not disclosed, but it’s been said in the past that other consumer electronic companies pay Microsoft several dollars per handset sold for use of key IP and patents used in Android and Chrome devices.

Motorola Solutions recently sold much of its enterprise business to the Zebra Technologies Corporations for $3.5m billion. Under this deal, Motorola Solutions retained its iDEN product line and the company’s chairman stated that going forward, the company would be “manically and singularly focused on growing this public safety business.”